ABOUT RUSSELL KESLER
Russell Kesler teaches writing at the University of Central Florida, where he edited The Florida Review for ten years. His poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Southern Humanities Review, Wilderness, English Journal and many other literary magazines and anthologies.
A Small Fire
"Grounded in the American south, these moving, well-crafted poems take us through a landscape of old barns and closed drive-ins, of mockingbirds and screech owls, of shrimping and squirrel skinning, of piano lessons and root canals. Not to be confused with the dazed, cotton-candyland of Andy and Opie, this is a real place, where small, bright, sometimes nearly painful pleasures must and do compensate for ineveitable suffering and loss. Here, "...the Gulf has lent a mizzle/that is blearing the windows,/but light fills this room...."
The Lesson for Today
Mason sits in his car and listens
He remembers his own hands fumbling
Now he watches his sons lamplit profile intent